[RFC] Allow fd.o to join forces with X.Org

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at who-t.net
Tue Oct 16 06:17:04 UTC 2018

On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 10:49:24AM -0400, Harry Wentland wrote:
> The leadership of freedesktop.org (fd.o) has recently expressed interest
> in having an elected governing body. Given the tight connection between
> fd.o and X.Org and the fact that X.Org has such a governing body it
> seemed obvious to consider extending X.Org's mandate to fd.o.
> Quite a bit of background on fd.o leading up to this has been covered by
> Daniel Stone at XDC 2018 and was covered really well by Jake Edge of LWN [1].
> One question that is briefly addressed in the LWN article and was
> thoroughly discussed by members of the X.Org boards, Daniel Stone, and
> others in hallway discussions is the question of whether to extend the
> X.Org membership to projects hosted on fd.o but outside the purpose of
> the X.Org foundation as enacted in its bylaws.
> Most people I talked to would prefer not to dilute X.Org's mission and
> extend membership only to contributors of projects that follow X.Org's
> purpose as enacted in its bylaws. Other projects can continue to be
> hosted on fd.o but won't receive X.Org membership for the mere reason of
> being hosted on fd.o.
> [1] https://lwn.net/Articles/767258/
> v2:
>  - Subject line that better describes the intention
>  - Briefly describe reasons behind this change
>  - Drop expanding membership eligibility
> ---
> We're looking for feedback and comments on this patch. If it's not
> widely controversial the final version of the patch will be put to a
> vote at the 2019 X.Org elections.
> The patch applies to the X.Org bylaws git repo, which can be found at
> https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/xorgfoundation/bylaws
> Happy commenting.
> Harry
> bylaws.tex | 7 ++++++-
>  1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/bylaws.tex b/bylaws.tex
> index 4ab35a4f7745..44ff4745963b 100644
> --- a/bylaws.tex
> +++ b/bylaws.tex
> @@ -14,7 +14,7 @@ BE IT ENACTED AND IT IS HEREBY ENACTED as a By-law of the X.Org Foundation
>  The purpose of the X.Org Foundation shall be to:
>  \begin{enumerate}[(i)\hspace{.2cm}]
> -	\item Research, develop, support, organize, administrate, standardize,
> +	\item \label{1} Research, develop, support, organize, administrate, standardize,
>  	promote, and defend a free and open accelerated graphics stack. This
>  	includes, but is not limited to, the following projects: DRM, Mesa,
>  	Wayland and the X Window System,
> @@ -24,6 +24,11 @@ The purpose of the X.Org Foundation shall be to:
>  	\item Support and educate the general community of users of this
>  	graphics stack.
> +
> +	\item Support free and open source projects through the freedesktop.org
> +	infrastructure. For projects outside the scope of item (\ref{1}) support
> +	extends to project hosting only.
> +

Yes to the idea but given that the remaining 11 pages cover all the legalese
for xorg I think we need to add at least a section of what "project hosting"
means. Even if it's just a "includes but is not limited to blah".  And some
addition to 4.1 Powers is needed to spell out what the BoD can do in regards
to fdo. 


>  \end{enumerate}
> -- 
> 2.19.1

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